|Place of birth||Brisbane Queensland|
|School||Coopers Plains State School, Queensland|
|Other training||He passed for the railway, also passed an examination for first aid.|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Ethel Tilly Ansell, Princess Street, Fairfield, South Brisbane, Queensland|
|Previous military service||Served in the Artillery for about twelve months in Brisbane about 1911.|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||42nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/59/2|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A55 Kyarra on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||42nd Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Killed about 50 yards on the right side of the railway line from Zonnebeke going towards Passchendaele. (Sister of soldier's brother in law.)|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Zonnebeke, Belgium|
|Age at death||25.5|
|Age at death from cemetery records||25|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Commemorated in God's Acre Cemetery, Brisbane, Queensland. Parents: Alfred (d. 16 November 1893, aged 47; bu. God's Acre) and Mary Ellen (d. 19 August 1925, aged 72; bu. God's Acre) ANSELL; husband of Ethel ANSELL, 'Eroldvale', Princess Street, Fairfield Road, Brisbane|
|Family/military connections||Brother-in-law: 2706 Pte Vernon Eustace MORSE, 42nd Bn, killed in action, 4 October 1917.|
War service: Western FrontMedals: British War Medal, Victory Medal